Staycation: Think Outside of …Your Car!


You don’t have to travel to distant cities for new adventures. Chances are you still have plenty to explore right here in Austin‘s growing urban playground. Whether you seek the urban thrills of days at museums and nights on the town, the calming serenity of nature, or want to simply get out of your house, with a few tweaks to your mentality you can feel worlds away a little closer to home.

Traveling by car inevitably prompts the headache of responsibility–driving to and from your destination, the hassle of traffic, parking, and the accumulated cost of it all are stresses that fuel our want for escape. However, when we go on vacation we tend to embrace the break from our daily routine. We shy away from driving in acceptance of cultural norms like taking a streetcar in New Orleans or the subway in NYC. Using the local public transportation becomes part of the experience, which allows us to look away from the driver’s seat and up at the city streets. Why not apply the same practice on a staycation?

By trading in four wheels for two during a staycation, you are free to go where the wind blows. You don’t have to worry where you parked or how long you have on the meter, you can spend the whole day walking or biking to local attractions—the farmers market, museums, galleries, kayaking on the lake, or local hike and bike trails just as you would if you had travelled to a foreign land.

There are always multiple events happening downtown at just about any given time. If you’ve shrugged off attending them before, a car-free staycation is the perfect time to indulge your curiosities—challenge yourself to explore all Austin has to offer and let yourself be a tourist in the city you call home. You won’t just be keeping money in your wallet, but you’ll be keeping it in our local economy. Plus you will feel good about the healthy, eco-friendly choices you’ve made!

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